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March 30, 2018
Hi, so many are asking how they can help spread the word that I am running for the House Vacancy for the 68th District of Pennsylvania
and many are asking will I take out full page advertisements and really wow campaign websites now that the Republican GOP has put their collective dollars behind their preferred candidate without even a tally ho to me?
My response is this: Feel free to share my message as a friend of agriculture but I am not accepting campaign donations at this time. I did not enter this race to ask for advertising dollars. I will debate and defend and promote why I am the most qualified candidate for this role at this point in time for our state. I don’t need to broadcast my faith, my virtue or my family values to win your vote. I am who I am because of agriculture and it is because of agriculture that I am called to public service. Farmers are deeply devoted to their way of life. So am I. Agriculture and rural Pennsylvania needs my voice and I want to help.
If you want to make this dairy crisis matter, spread the word and invite me to speak. You can also hire me professionally as an agriculture consultant or speaker, farm manager, invasive species specialist, educational instructor or writer. Just call me at 814-574-4067. I did not quit my business just so I can advocate for agriculture but I did impact my freelance income substantially by running, as it is a conflict of interest for me to write for them I have been informed. So I won’t be writing for the Pennsylvania media outlets where you’ve seen my unbiased and fact filled articles appear until the election is over.
November is a long way away. But how many dairy producers will be out of business by then? Gone from the landscape? I am trying to save their way of life and my own. Share that I care, share that this matters!
Agriculture consulting is what I do for a living and it is my career that is in jeopardy, this is personal. Just like the farmers I represent feel it is personal. I am but one impacted by this failure to make Dairy Matter in Pennsylvania and in the decades that have come and are to come we have a lot of work to do to reinvest in this part of the region. We do live here. We care! I care!
The dairy collapse is an ongoing reality for hundreds of thousands of people in this state, not just our district. We are not being paid a survivable wage for the fruit of our labor, no matter if it is dairy, beef, maple, or vegetables. Farm businesses are not sole proprietor employers, this agriculture economic collapse is going to effect everyone who relies on that cash to pay their bills. The loss of jobs and the lack of concern from our elected officials that Pennsylvania has abandoned its role in promoting and marketing Pennsylvania Agriculture goods should be taken into consideration in this election.
If you want to see things change, spread the word on how to spell my name. I can and will make a difference as your elected official.
Of course their are other issues and I will address those as well. But this is the one that impacts all the others. Open your refrigerator and stare inside a moment and just think on that. Look at the milk label. Look at the butter label. Look at the eggs. Look at the hamburger, pork and chicken labels. You will see for yourself that we are not supporting our number one industry in any shape or form and we can do better. I want to do better.
This what I do best: I think, I research, I find solutions and I work with others to make it happen. Soil quality, water quality (cows drink water too) and human health area all tied to agriculture. Farmers work with the land and life off the land and the health of their immune system shows it! Farmers are skilled craftsmen and masters of their craft. Why don’t we respect; take pride in; and protect a way of life that the vast majority can no longer do?
Sincerely, Ms. Melissa Bravo, M.S. Agronomist, Meadow Lake Farm Consulting Services 814-574-4067 / firstname.lastname@example.org